417A Lehman Hall
Department Administrator: Anne Wolff-Lawson
Chair: Alexander A. Cooley (Professor)
Professors Emeritus: Demetrios J. Caraley (Janet H. Robb Professor Emeritus and Research Scholar), Dennis G. Dalton, Peter H. Juviler
Professors: Sheri E. Berman, Xiaobo Lü (Department Representative), Kimberly J. Marten, Richard M. Pious (Adolf S. and Effie E. Ochs Professor), Flora S. Davidson (Political Science and Urban Studies), Paula A. Franzese (Visiting)
Associate Professors: Kimberely S. Johnson
Assistant Professors: Séverine Autesserre, Mona El-Ghobashy (Departmental Representative), Elise Giuliano (Visiting), Ayten Gündoğdu, Scott L. Minkoff, Michelle Smith, Claire Ullman (Adjunct)
Other Officers of the University Offering Courses in Political Science: Columbia Political Science Faculty
Political Science explores questions about power: what it is, where it comes from, who exercises it, how it is used and legitimized. Concretely, political scientists study the processes, policies and institutions of different political systems as well as critical issues such as health care policy, civil rights, the origins of wars, the nature of democracy, the causes of authoritarianism, the meaning of justice, and the genesis of terrorism.
In accordance with the mission of Barnard College, the political science department aims to create a community of teachers and students committed to intellectual discovery, rigorous analysis, and independent thought. The department's courses emphasize reflection, discussion, deliberation and intensive interactions between faculty members and students. The Barnard political science department strives to help students think clearly and methodically about the questions and issues that make up political science, equip them with the intellectual and presentational skills necessary to understand and address practical political issues as well as prepare them for a wide range of careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; pre-collegiate education; electoral politics; research and university and college teaching.
The department recognizes four subfields of the discipline:
Political Theory: the study of the conceptual foundations of political systems and behavior.
American Government and Politics: the study of all aspects of the American political system, including its development, institutions, procedures, and actors.
Comparative Politics: the study of the political systems of other countries and regions, including the use of comparisons across cases in order to gain a broader and deeper understanding of events, institutions, and processes.
International Relations: the study of relations between countries and the dynamics and development of the international system.
Upon completion of the Barnard Political Science major, students should be able to:
Students interested in public careers should consider the five-year joint-degree programs at Sciences Po, France, and at Columbia University's School of International & Public Affairs (SIPA).